Church seeks dialogue with Old Believers on general issues - Metropolitan Kirill
01 June 2007, 15:39
Church seeks dialogue with Old Believers on general issues -
St. Petersburg, June 1, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church
doesn't have as a goal to mend the rift and return the Old Believers
to the traditional church's fold, Metropolitan of Smolensk and
Kaliningrad Kirill told a news conference in St. Petersburg.
However, the longer this split lasts, the harder it will be to bridge
it because the Old Believers already have their own cultural
traditions, he said.
"Some of them view any suggestion of a unification with the Russian
Orthodox Church as a challenge to their identity," Metropolitan
Kirill said, adding that short-term goals include establishing a
dialogue with the Old Believes on general issues facing Russia.
"If we manage to formulate a common position on problems of the
people living in Russia, it will be good. We have not set any
objectives to quickly bridge this gap. What is important now is
dialogue with them. God will show us the way then," he said.
Commenting on the appearance of totalitarian sects in Russia,
Metropolitan Kirill said that "the situation is less alarming today
than it was ten years ago."
"People know more now and they have developed a strong negative
attitude to any kind of sects. Indeed, today is better than
yesterday, but tomorrow should be better than today," he said.